Test Tube Burgers Prompt Regulators to Beef Up Safety Oversight

A Dutch start-up called Meatable thinks it has a game-changing product that can help feed a crowded, hungry world: laboratory-grown hamburgers.

Enthusiasts say large-scale production of lab-cultured meat would use 90 percent less land and water than conventional farming and could revolutionize agriculture while addressing global warming and rising worldwide demand for protein. Consumers will have two big questions. Are test-tube burgers tasty? And are they safe?

Trick or Treat: Candy Makers Say Sugar Costs Too Much

The price for sugar beets is back up as of Oct. 30, just as trick-or-treaters prepare for the annual Halloween candy binge.

The increase is in line with the continuing U.S. sugar policy, which sets production limits that keep sugar prices higher.

“The combined effects of limits on domestic production and imports push U.S. prices up to artificially high levels,” the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy, a group led by the National Confectioners Association and the Sweetener Users Association and representing food companies that use sugar as an ingredient, said in a document provided to Bloomberg Government.

Farm Bill Talks Lag Over SNAP as Final Vote Timing Still Elusive

A vote on a final farm bill conference report has been ruled out for next week by the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, as the days dwindle to pass a final report by Sept. 30, when the current law expires.

“That would be a pretty heavy lift,” Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said Thursday, when asked if a vote on a conference report could happen next week. Partisan disagreements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may hold things up and force lawmakers to extend the current law.

Progress Made on Farm Bill, Including SNAP, Ag Chairman Says

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said lawmakers made progress on the farm bill’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program language – long seen as the bill’s biggest stumbling block – after leaders of the House and Senate agriculture panels met today.

GOP’s Jordan: No Backing Down on Food Stamp Work Program Demands

The House Freedom Caucus isn’t backing down from demands for more work requirements for food stamp recipients in the farm bill, one of the caucus’ leaders said days before the first conference meeting on the bill.

Senate Sweetens Spending Bill for Maple Syrup, Honey Producers

Maple syrup, honey, and other sugars sold as single ingredients would not have to carry an “added sugar” label under a provision in the spending bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Agriculture Leadership Likely to Meet Wednesday on Farm Bill

House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership will probably meet on Wednesday ahead of a conference on the farm bill, the Senate panel’s chairman said.

Senate Agriculture, Nutrution, and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) will meet with House Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) on Wednesday to start discussions on farm bill provisions, Roberts told reporters Monday night.

FDA Wants to Address Udder Confusion on Milk Labeling Rules

The FDA is taking the first step in deciding if products from plant-based sources, like almonds or cashews, should be allowed to be labeled “milk” when the source isn’t a cow or other animal.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expects lawsuits against the FDA on the issue and will begin the decision process “very soon,” he said at a Politico Pro event in Washington today. He said the process will most likely take a year or more to finalize.

House Farm Bill SNAP Work Rules Unacceptable, Stabenow Says

House lawmakers are likely to vote next week to try to hammer out differences with the Senate over the farm bill, but a top Democratic farm senator said the House bill includes food stamp work requirements the Senate won’t accept.

Farm Bill Conference ‘Probably Not This Week,’ Stabenow Says

The next step forward for the farm bill, a motion to proceed to conference, is unlikely this week, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee’s top Democrat said.